ADVOCACY 
  
YOUR VOICE COUNTS
July, 2014 

COTTON MILL APTS OPEN - 800 APPLICATIONS FOR AFFORDABLE UNITS
 
If you want to know how many people are paying more for their rent than they can afford, it is interesting to note (heard through the grapevine, correct me if I'm wrong) that a new apartment complex which has a number of units available as affordable received 800 applications for those apartments.
 
PLACE AT THE TABLE AVAILABLE FOR SHOWING/DISCUSSION
 
If anyone would like to host a showing of a film, A Place at the Table, which tells the powerful stories of 3 Americans experiencing hunger, please contact me, Eileen Brady, at Eileen@nsks.org or 603 889-7770.   
 
 
 HOUSE BILL 1409 FAILS IN SENATE; LOSERS: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS, POOR PEOPLE
 
House bill 1409 prohibits discrimination against a tenant or prospective tenant SOLELY because part of the household's monthly rent will be paid with a rental voucher, or because someone in the household has been victimized by domestic violence.  It was recommended Ought To Pass, 11-7 in the House Judiciary Committee.  
Right now in NH, it's legal to post: "No section 8 tenants accepted." We can do better.
HB 1409:
-Ensures low-income seniors, families, people with disabilities, and veterans whose rental assistance helps them live independent and productive lives are judged on their own merits as potential tenants.
- Helps domestic violence survivors find needed housing.
- Brings NH in line with over a dozen other states, as well as several counties and municipalities, to end this form of discrimination.
 
EMAIL LIST FOR QUICK ACTION:
 
If you would like to be on an email list for quick action on legislative issues, please send your email to eileen@nsks.org.  I promise there will not be an avalanche of posts! 
 
 
AFFORDABLE HOUSING 
STILL OUT OF REACH
 
Massachusetts has more people in shelters and motels than ever before at a great cost to the state, largely because of the unaffordability of apartments/houses for those in the bottom 30-40% of income.  As rents rise there, they rise in southern NH as well.

Unless the Federal budget begins to include more funds for various kinds of affordable housing, more cuts will need to happen in NH in programs set up to help those with the lowest incomes opportunities for stable places to live. Please contact your NH congressional delegation to support funds for subsidized housing.  

                 
NO
TO FOOD STAMP CUTS!
Some in Congress are proposing restoring the recent cuts to the Food Stamp program (SNAP).  Some of those who wanted the cuts claim that food pantries, soup kitchens and other charity programs can meet the needs of millions of Americans.  This is not true, especially since so many former donors are making use of emergency programs themselves. - one medical emergency, one stretch of unemployment, one setback of one kind or another turns donors into recipients.  You are welcome to call to set up a visit or to volunteer to see for yourselves the new needs.
    603 889-7770    eileen@nsks.org
 
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Medicaid Expansion Passes -Signups Begin
 
 
The NH Senate and House both passed expanded Medicaid.
People we see at the soup kitchen would benefit from this expansion.  Signups begin July 1, 2014.
 
Thank your reps!
 
 
 
LOCAL CROP WALK PLANNING 2014 EVENT
 
Plans are underway for the next Crop Walk, which benefits NSK&S, among others.  It will be Oct 26 - many local congregations are in -  would your group be interested in participating? Please contact me at Eileen@nsks.org, 889-7770.
 
  
 
 
  
 
HOW TO FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
 
To find out your reps, go to http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/wml.aspx .   
 
 

NSK&S on FACEBOOK

Become a friend of Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter and/or Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter Advocacy Page on Facebook if you are on that social network, and encourage others to do so.  It is another way to bring the concerns of some of the people in Nashua who don't get heard in most networks to a broader audience.  Thanks!

SOME WEBSITES TO CHECK OUT

With much of federal legislation stalled or sidetracked, it is important to get the word out to our representatives in Congress that we are concerned about bills that affect homeless and hungry people in our neighborhood, a number that is growing daily due to job loss, increasing costs, and unexpected health care challenges.
Please check out the following websites to find issues and ways to support folks:
  http://www.npach.org/ - National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness
http://www.nhvoicesforhealth.org/ - Voices for Health - advocacy for health issues in NH
http://www.nhcitizensalliance.org/ - NH Citizens Alliance, advocating for a range of needs in NH

http://www.chn.org/ - Coalition for Human Needs

http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/
http://www.childrennh.org/ - NH Children's Alliance

http://www.nashua-coc.org/ - Nashua Continuum of Care, which oversees homeless programs in greater Nashua

http://www.nhcares.net/ - coalition of NH service providers that ensures care for those in need
 
 

 

 

 SOME WAYS TO BE INVOLVED

Contact our current congressional delegation to support issues important to eradicate homelessness and hunger, to promote safe, affordable housing and enough food for all. 


Email's are links to elected officals' web contact forms
Senator Kelly Ayotte
  Tel.: 202 224-3324    Email via:   http://Ayotte.Senate.gov/?p=contact
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
  Tel.: 202 224-2841   Email via: Shaheen.Senate.gov/contact/
Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster
 
Tel.: 202 225-5206  Email via:  http://kuster.house.gov/
 


ATTEND A MEETING OF THE NASHUA CONTINUUM OF CARE OR THE ENDING HOMELESSNESS COMMITTEE

The Ending Homelessness Committee welcomes citizen involvement - contact Eileen@NSKS.org for more information.  Come to one meeting or lots of meetings. 
The Continuum of Care meets on the first Wednesday of each month (except for July) at 8 am, usually at Nashua City Hall.  Usually there are 35-45 people representing agencies, businesses, faith communities, students, organizations, as well as present and/or formerly homeless people. The Ending Homelessness group meets at 9am, immediately following the Continuum of Care meeting